Kindergarten Behavior Plan 5

Students in Kindergarten are often thrilled to be starting school and eager to obey teachers. This does not make the Kindergarten behavior plan any less important. In fact, starting at the very beginning of the school years students should be introduced to the rewards and consequences of a behavior plan.

Michelle Estes, a Kindergarten teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools, has created an excellent behavior plan that expects students to obey, rewards them for having a great day and follows through with consequences for not following the rules.


Classroom Rules

Classroom Rules

In the posted classroom rules, students are explicitly told what behavior is expected from them. The simple rhyming pattern of the rules helps the young students to remember them. Notice that the rules are stated in a positive, instead of a negative, as all rules should be. Class rules should be telling students what to do instead of what not to do.

“We raise our hands to speak

We work quietly at our seats.

We use voices soft and sweet.

We are careful with our hands and feet.

We are helpful, friendly, and fair.

We take turns and always share.”

Ms. Estes has chosen to use six rules for her Kindergarten students. This works well for her class because of the rhythm and rhyme of the rules together that helps students remember. If teachers choose to simply list rules, they should be kept to a maximum of 3-4 for Kindergarten students.

Students are also told the exact rewards and consequences they will receive for their behavior. Ms. Estes clearly explains where students start each day, what happens when they do not follow the rules and what happens if they are following the rules. She has color coded her behavior system, an excellent way to help young students visualize their behavior.explain

All students start on Blue at the start of the day.

Green: warning and lose one skittle.

Yellow: 5 minutes in the “calm down corner” and lose two skittles.

Red: note or phone call home and lose all 3 skittles.

Purple: Award badge, receive 4 skittles.

The students are also told what each color stands for in kid friendly language. Students will be able to quickly see that they are having an:

excellent day,

a great day,

a good day,

an ok day and

not a good day.

What is especially important to point out here is the fact that no where does it say that the students are having a bad day. This helps to keep students focused on improving behavior.



Kindergarten Behavior Plan

Kindergarten Behavior Plan


5 thoughts on “Kindergarten Behavior Plan

  1. Alexandra Oct 28,2010 8:07 pm

    This management plan is great. Thank you for sharing the plan.

  2. Kelly Mar 24,2012 5:28 am

    But why reward with food? Isn’t that part of the problem with kids and adults is that we emotionally eat? And where does it all begin? We have an obesity problem and it seems that rewards of candy teach bad nutritional habits. If you are going to reward with food, then why not do so with an apple or a clementine?

  3. kate Nov 1,2012 11:26 am

    because kids don’t want an apple or a clementine

  4. Linda Feb 16,2013 11:48 am

    I love your rules and the cute board!! We have a healthy food policy in our school district so we are not allowed to provided candy. I use stickers, or special award cards or notes home to tell the families the child had a great day. I use dollar store items like pencils and books as rewards. I eventually move away from material rewards to more intrinsic rewards like positive praise, or writing a that was helpful note annd have the child hang it on our helpful board.

  5. Lisa Sutton Sep 15,2013 10:18 am

    I really like the positive rule statements and that they RHYME! Thanks for sharing! I also read an idea of giving kids a little notebook to use as a sticker book. The skittles and M&M’s are faster but the stickers get away from the food issue. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!!

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